JACK DYKINGA (K7878-1)
ARS scientists are
evaluating U.S. wheat
lines for rust resistance in
hopes of giving U.S. wheat
and barley breeders
a head start towards
protecting new varieties
from Ug99, a deadly
wheat stem rust in eastern
Collectively Facing an Ugly Rust
YUE JIN (K11192-1)
hen the threat to a food staple like wheat is world- and Agriculture Organization of the
wide, the best way to counter it is to enlist the United Nations, and Cornell University.
world’s experts in a research coalition. That’s just The BGRI is chaired by Nobel Peace
what has been done to answer the very real threat Prize winner Norman E. Borlaug.
of Ug99, a new stem rust to which most of the “To reduce the vulnerability of U.S.
wheat and barley grown in the United States and the rest of the and global wheat crops to Ug99 requires
world has no resistance. an international partnership of scientists
As part of that global response, the Agricultural Research Close-up of stem rust and institutions with diverse expertise
Service became a founding partner in the Borlaug Global Rust on wheat. and facilities. We are fortunate that
Initiative (BGRI), in alliance with the International Maize and ARS was one of the first institutions to
Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), the International Center respond to the call from Dr. Borlaug,”
for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), the Food says Ravi Singh, BGRI’s chief wheat scientist.
“ARS has several of the world’s small pool of experts in cereal
rust research,” explains Kay Simmons, ARS national program